Sunday, March 25, 2012

Quilts in the Mail & Tolkien Reading Day

Today, I am much gratified to report that I now have a box packed up to send off to Wrap-a-Smile to be donated to children having cleft lip/palate surgery around the world.  I have been talking about finishing the last quilts to fill this box for several weeks and it’s finally done!  These are the five quilts in the box:
4 to 16 Patch (don't know why I called it 4 to 9 Patch before!)

Cats in the Tulips

Scrappy Dora Mystery Quilt

Tam's Patch in Novelties

Totally Scrappy (from blocks won in a block swap)
And, today is once again Tolkien Reading Day  I am especially fond of the Hobbits that J. R. R. Tolkien wrote about in his various books, including in “The Hobbit” and the trilogy series “The Lord of the Rings”.  Tolkien depicted Hobbits as fond of a bucolic life of farming, eating and socializing – now doesn’t that sound wonderful?!
Although they much preferred their unadventurous lifestyle,  you can read about how the Hobbits rose to the occasion with feats of incredible courage when needed to defend their homes and way of life.  Hobbits were said to be between 2 and 4 feet tall, dressing in bright colors, favoring yellow and green, and usually shy.   Tolkien himself said, “I am in fact a hobbit in all but size.  I like gardens, trees, and unmechanized farmlands;…”.  I think that pretty much sums up me and my quilting hobby, too!

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Or maybe check out this site to see this REAL hobbit house in Wales and the story behind why it was built by Simon Dale.
It is very interesting … I would love to visit it.


Carol E. said...

I love them all, but I think my fave is the totally scrappy. Beautiful! Love that Hobbit house, too. But don't know if I could live there with 2 kids. Kinda small!

Pattilou said...

Fun quilts there Kathy! It's always so very interesting to see how different fabrics and patterns make such happy quilts. Great job!

Barb in MI said...

Love the quilts, Kathy! The scrappy ones really 'stretched' you, yes?